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Hotel Djem
Ranked #302 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
Indiana, USA
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent location!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Right next to major sights in Istanbul. Located directly behind the Blue Mosque. Hard to find anything closer. Excellent staff, clean, well decorated rooms. Breakfasts repetitious, but satisfactory. Small lobby, local artistic furnishings.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Here are the things I liked most about this hotel:
Great location in Sultanahmet, close to all the sights there. I liked hearing the call to prayer from the Blue Mosque.
Very nice bathroom and products.
Cute little street, though lots of tourists and vans using it to get to the Mosque from below. Good people watching, though.
Early morning coffee - hurray!
Here are things that were not as great:
Really hard bed (seems typical of Turkey)
Somewhat pushy front desk staff, going beyond helpful to trying to dissuade us from our plans.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This small hotel is tucked into a corner on an ancient Old City lane, with hardly any traffic,but only five minutes from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Next to the hotel is an old wooden house. We were picked up by the hotel at the airport which made our arrival very easy. Staff were extremely helpful and gave us an informed sense of the political situation in Turkey. We will definitely go there again when we return to see the Chora Byzantine church which we missed and which is very special.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The location I the old city is close too perfect. You really feel like you are part of the city...not just an observer. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The decor is charming...breakfast was great. Definitely will visit again!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Gorgeous, little gem of a hotel,tucked behind the Blue Mosque. It has only 6 rooms but they are spacious and full of character. Very helpful staff and very good breakfast. Walking distance to the tram which takes you to the Spice Market and Galata Bridge. Also walking distance to Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkia Palace. Only negative - very steep stairs up ;to the rooms, however the staff eagerly take you bags to your room.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This little gem only metres from the Blue Mosque is a excellent place for a few nights to explore the Sultanahmet area.
The staff were very friendly and Nothing was a problem including grabbing a sandwich and a tonic water from the nearby shop for a weary traveler.
The room was clean ,well appointed and - free WiFi ,included in the room price was a excellent breakfast .
Special mention to Cafer and Ufuk the front office managers for there hospitality .
Caution - extra care taken when using the steep stairway to the rooms.
Highly recommended .

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rochester, Minnesota
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2013

You’d think being rated #57 out of 830 hotels in Istanbul on TripAdvisor would be high enough, but Hotel Djem deserves that rank and even higher. Located on a sort of winding back road, you might at first think, OMG, how did I end up in Detroit? But just walk 100 feet up and you're in the Hippodrome, and with just a few more steps, you're near the Arabian Nights splendor of the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sophia .

My immediate impression of the hotel when we arrived about 10pm was equal parts stylish and homey. You walk into a comfortable lobby with chairs done in a Turkish motif, walls covered in quirky art, and mounted headwear flanking the marble steps leading up to the rooms. (There is no elevator going to the upper two floors, but staff will gladly help with carting your luggage up and bringing it down.)

Our room on the top floor, #5, was elegant and spacious. The door and its etched-word exterior lead to an interior equally striking: a surprisingly large space with a separate bedroom, bath, and vestibule. In the vestibule was a large, 3-door armoire with 5 shelves and a safe.

The bedroom was roomy with two large windows overlooking the street and allowing in so much sunshine, you’ll reach for your sunblock. There was a TV, desk, mini-bar, remote-controlled ac/fan, two nightstands, a duo of bedside lights built into the wall, two outlets total at head height by the bed. Speaking of the bed, it was large and comfy, with a cool headboard sporting the design of a mini-caftan on it. Two lux Turkish rugs enlivened the wooden floors in the bedroom and vestibule.

The bathroom was a 6-by-10 haven with a tub/shower and superb water pressure. The floor space was enough for the two of us to spread out our Walgreen’s worth of toiletries, but the cabinets over the sink were by themselves large enough for the job. Unlike many hotels which parcel out just enough toiletries for one day, Djem stocks a supply that could let you outlast a zombie apocalypse: the cabinets were full of extra shower gels, shampoo, conditioners, and containers of make-up removal pads, Q-tips, shoe polishers, shower caps, and emery boards. Having an actual fan in the bathroom- a rare occurrence in my experience- allowed us to shower without building up London-levels of fog.

Breakfast on the main floor isn't on a windswept rooftop terrace common in the city, but it is comfortable and pleasant. Art-nouveau light fixtures made of wrought iron hover overhead, while the walls show off a variety of antique pottery, maps, and textile art. The morning fare included: four juices; three cereals; yogurt, plates of pastries; fresh pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe melon; bananas; peaches; watermelon; and cold cuts as well as cheeses. The American-style coffee was excellent.

A word has to be said about the staff. They were always ready to offer help with anything –cabs, restaurant recommendations and reservations, taxis, maps, and more. All this, and it only cost about $145 per night. At this rate, Djem will soon be a gem as well known as the crown jewels.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Djem
Address: Tavukhane Sokak No 26, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #302 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Sultanahmet, old town district of Istanbul, this unique boutique hotel has eleven exclusive rooms with private bathroom. The design is fresh, sophisticated. The beds and furnishing are of the highest quality to ensure the guests comfort. The Hotel has 24 hour concierge service with a bilingual staff, eager to help you with everything you may need from tour arrangements to dinner reservations. ... more   less 
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